Chapter 14Expressing stance towards COVID-19 conspiracy theories in Macedonian online forum discussions
This chapter examines how stancetaking strategies aid advocacy and refutation of prevalent COVID-19 related conspiracy theories on two Macedonian internet discussion fora. The socio-political background and the content of detected conspiracy theories debated in the forum threads are briefly discussed. The authors explore affective, epistemic and interpersonal positioning in posts by three groups of social actors: conspiracy theory proponents, conspiracy theory opponents and a group of undecided. Through quantitative and qualitative analysis of selected discussion sequences the chapter draws attention to dominant patterns of stancetaking in conspiracy theory argumentation.
- 2.Related work
- 3.Socio-cultural background
- 4.Data and research procedure
- 5.Stance dimensions analysis
- 6.Summary and conclusions